Theology is the field in which Whitehead’s influence has been most fully developed. This track will show how that has been expressed and assess the current problems and potentials of process theology. It will consider next steps in its development.
Theologian, pastor, spiritual guide, author, and recognized leader in lay and pastoral faith formation, Bruce Epperly serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, Centerville, MA. He has served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to South Congregational Church, he served as Director of Continuing Education and Professor of Practical Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Concurrently with his faculty and academic appointments, he has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, Dr. Epperly has written or co-written thirty four published books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care for the 21st Century. Bruce and Kate Epperly’s co-written Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry, selected as 2009 Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He is currently working on a text on ministry Unsettled Ministry: Notes from a Post-modern Pastor and The Good News According to Winnie the Pooh.
Dr. Epperly speaks regularly throughout North America on subjects such as: healing and wholeness, personal and congregational spiritual formation, process theology, ministerial spirituality and excellence, emerging Christianity, and contemporary movements in theology and spirituality. He has appeared on “Nightline,” “ABC World News Tonight,” and “PBS News Hour.”